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Rapid City School District sees increase in enrollment

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Enrollment numbers in the Rapid City School District are up more than 200 students this year compared to last year.

While the count isn't finalized yet, this is the biggest increase in the number of students the district's seen in the past few years.

"Every year I've been here, we've grown," said Courtney Crosswait, Kindergarten Teacher at Canyon Lake Elementary.

Crosswait said the number of kids in her class at Canyon Lake Elementary has grown significantly.

"The normal number of kids in a kindergarten class is around 18; right now I have 24-25 students. That extra few kids make a difference," said Crosswait.

Rapid City School District Assistant Superintendent Katie Bray says they estimate this year's increase is around 230 students.

"That is a significant increase, especially for a district that has experienced a flat line in enrollment for the past few years," said Bray.

Bray says the majority of the increase is students are in kindergarten through second grade.

As a result the district added four new sections of kindergarten including one at Canyon Lake Elementary.

Which Bray says is good news because more students mean more revenue.

"After all the numbers are crunched, if we have roughly 230 new students, that would bring in an extra half a million for the district," said Bray.

With the possible increase in revenue and students the district has to plan for the future.

"We have to figure out how we'll accommodate these kids and what do we do if we have this kind of increase again," said Bray.

But overall, the increase in enrollment is good for the district and good for the teachers.

"I have job security!," said Crosswait

Bray said the district might send out surveys to new families to try and pinpoint the cause of the increased enrollment.

She adds, the final enrollment tally has to be approved by the state and is expected in a few weeks.

 

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